Jonathan Simons

Whispers from Westminster: HE and schools – right answer, wrong question

Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education

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Last week, I discussed the Green Paper proposals on faith schools. This week, I want to turn to the role of universities.

Getting universities involved in schools has been an ongoing cross-party goal. Back in the very early days of academies, for example, Lord Adonis pressed vice-chancellors hard to get them to become sponsors. Education ministers, though, tend to have a contradictory view of higher education: on the one hand, they laud it for its potential in supporting schools; on the other, they are almost always dismissive of their efforts to date.

And that’s where these latest set of ...

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